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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Transmission, Sedan
#1225 of 1407 1996 Lexus ES 300 Transmission Problems
Sep 02, 2006 (6:45 pm)
I inherited a 1996 ES 300 with less than 40,000 two years ago. Since then the car has needed a starter, an axle, and a replacement sun roof. The driver's seat leather seam burst open and the cushion stuffing is coming out. The passenger seatbelt had to be replaced. Then, last week the transmission broke on the interstate. Contacted Lexus corporate customer service and it sounded like Lexus might entertain a repair after taking a look at the car. Any similiar experiences with Lexus or this model/year? Thankx.
#1226 of 1407 Re: 1996 Lexus ES 300 Transmission Problems [bluebell2]
Sep 07, 2006 (8:13 am)
I am surprised that Lexus would do anything for you on a 10 year old vehicle! I wouldn't have even thought to contact them. You are very lucky. Granted, the mileage is/was low, but some things just wear with time, regardless of mileage. Congrats.
#1227 of 1407 Transmission problems in the ES 300/330
Sep 12, 2006 (12:22 pm)
There are now about a dozen complaints on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration web site regarding the transmission. There are also about 17-18 complaints on the Center for Auto Safety web site. When you file a complaint on that site, they ask you if you would be interested in a class action suit. I suspect if enough people complain, a suit may be a possibility. Given the thousands of complaints on all of the internet forums and discussion groups, this may be the only way to get action from Lexus. I don't believe that they'll do anything voluntarily.
#1228 of 1407 Re: ES 350 - transmission problems [lpeters3]
Sep 15, 2006 (8:03 am)
The transmission on my 2007 ES-350 hangs and slips at slow speeds. The problem is particularly noticeable in the morning, after the car has been sitting overnight, at about 30-35 mph when it seems like it is shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. Two days ago I wrote a “lemon law” letter to Lexis and told them that on two occasions the dealer had determined that the transmission was not defective and had failed to undertake any repairs. Just received a call from the dealer advising me that a new part (think he said it is some kind of pump) was coming in and that it should take care of my problem. I would be interested in hearing from anyone else with similar transmission problems with their ES-350.
#1229 of 1407 Re: Transmission problems in the ES 300/330 [aminklein]
Sep 18, 2006 (3:54 pm)
Thanks for the posting this. I'm encountering the same problems with my 2005 ES330. I have not been able to quickly find the complaints reported as being posted on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website, nor the Center for Auto Safety website. Can somebody direct me to the specific pages on those websites were they are found, please? Thanks.
#1230 of 1407 Re: Transmission problems in the ES 300/330 [jkeimer]
Sep 20, 2006 (6:01 am)
The web sites are:
#1232 of 1407 ES 330 transmission problem
Sep 20, 2006 (6:06 am)
After about a year of filing complaints to various government and private organizations (including the MA attorney general) the Lexus area representative contacted me and stated that Lexus would like to buy back the car. She said that she would send me a formal letter with the offer in the next several weeks. I don't have high expectations for the amount of the offer.
I bought the car in August 2005. It had a MSRP of $35,259, plus transportation. The car now has only about 3000 miles. It's in virtually NEW condition. I've researched values ranging from $26,500 (trade-in) to $29,500 (dealer sale). What do you think that Lexus will offer me for the vehicle? When I receive the offer, I'll post it.
#1233 of 1407 Re: ES 330 transmission problem [aminklein]
Sep 20, 2006 (10:09 am)
I would be very surprised, extremely so, if the terms of the buyback doesn't require you to remain "silent".
#1234 of 1407 Re: ES 350 - transmission problems [garmo]
Sep 20, 2006 (7:11 pm)
I have an '05 ES 330 that I've had this transmission issue with and I've gone 15 rounds with Lexus. They are trying to talk me into upgrading to an '07 ES 350 and have assured me that the problem that I've experienced with mine is no longer present since they've redesigned the the transmission for the '07. Your experience seems to indicate otherwise. I'd like to understand if the pump cured the patient.